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(Food and Wine)   Top five bars in the world, according to Anthony Bourdain. "For me, if I have a bar epiphany, it's usually about four o'clock in the afternoon, before the evening crowd comes in ... It's what I call that sort of golden Tom Waits drinking hour"   (foodandwine.com) divider line 171
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2012-09-17 01:01:34 PM  
An hour later on Saturday, Billy Joel does a set.
 
2012-09-17 01:04:27 PM  
Also, Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly is pretty good.

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2012-09-17 01:12:50 PM  

downstairs: I watch the show because I like seeing the goings on behind the scenes at various bars. But yeah, he totally sucks the character out of every bar he renovates. Most don't need renovation, they just need better management and a deep-clean.


Oh that show is sooo much BS. He doesnt even do anything except act like an ass. All his buddies have the knowledge.
 
2012-09-17 01:13:59 PM  

jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."


Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.
 
2012-09-17 01:16:48 PM  
I like a place where the bartender shows you her tits when there is a small crowd. Then they have good cheap drinks. As a rum drinker, I do not care about the taste, only how cheap it is. I hate paying $4 for a shot when it only cost .25, so $2 rum shots are the best.
 
2012-09-17 01:17:29 PM  
Dive bar, one hour before happy hour, all is well.
 
2012-09-17 01:19:56 PM  
snakeandjakes.com

/ when everything else fails
//plus, it's always christmas
 
2012-09-17 01:20:24 PM  

Madbassist1: downstairs: I watch the show because I like seeing the goings on behind the scenes at various bars. But yeah, he totally sucks the character out of every bar he renovates. Most don't need renovation, they just need better management and a deep-clean.

Oh that show is sooo much BS. He doesnt even do anything except act like an ass. All his buddies have the knowledge.



Yeah.  He pretty much does nothing but open his eyes REALLY REALLY WIDE and stare down the owners and employees.
 
2012-09-17 01:23:15 PM  

CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.


I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.
 
2012-09-17 01:25:15 PM  
The one and only thing I miss about Vegas is the Double Down! Too many amazing nights there!
 
2012-09-17 01:27:04 PM  
Sybarite:

It's just a name. How many "Bar and Grills" have you seen where there hasn't been a working grill in thirty years? Hell, how many bars are called "The [something] Inn" despite being very clearly not an inn?


That's why I frequent "Paddy's Lunch," in Cambridge, MA. They just might be able to rustle up a stale packacge of peanuts if you ask nicely, and the bartender knows you.
 
2012-09-17 01:28:21 PM  
I have a great collection of bars here in Louisville. Can always get in, always have good drink deals, and the beer selection is top notch.
 
2012-09-17 01:28:42 PM  

Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.


I couldn't agree more. None of those places come to mind when I think about the best bars in the world.
 
2012-09-17 01:30:34 PM  
If you're drinking in Dublin, how can you not list The Stag's Head? Just for the architecture alone, then the history, the grub.

Duke's Waikiki as mentioned above would have to be on my list.

Musso & Frank's Grill is a great place to soak up old Hollywood and drink in Fitzgerald, Faulkner and Bukowski's footsteps.

If I had a TV show and an unlimited expense account I could probably narrow things down and add 2 more places to my list.
 
2012-09-17 01:34:26 PM  

Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.


West Hollywood and the entirety of the Vegas strip. Anyone who actually gets bottle service is a monumental idiot. Guys bragging they dropped in excess of a grand on a single bottle of Grey Goose?

Dive bars ftw.
 
2012-09-17 01:35:23 PM  
If you decide to drink in Louisville

Cahoots(best bar food ever)
Joes Older than Dirt(cheap)
Sergios World of Beers(1409 beers available)
3rd Street Dive(punk scene, cheap)
Meat(classic cocktails only, not cheap, must dress nice)
Holy Grale(hipster beer in an old church)
 
2012-09-17 01:38:22 PM  
agree with all the Bar Rescue comments, esp the "deep clean" one.

I don't expect my dive bars to be sterile... but some of those places' kitchens were farking nasty.

I must be getting old, in my youth my regular joint had wharf rats that could stand on their hind legs and steal a pitcher off your table. One night after close, a bounce nailed one, dead-on, with a pool ball. Bastard just turned and looked at him. We went home.
 
2012-09-17 01:47:34 PM  
There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.
 
2012-09-17 01:48:21 PM  

under a mountain: I like his wife's cans
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I think that would be his ex.
 
2012-09-17 01:49:17 PM  

under a mountain: I like his wife's cans
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That might be his ex wife. His current wife is Italian and is a brunet.
 
2012-09-17 01:54:14 PM  

halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.


I serve loaded nachos just like in Ireland!
 
2012-09-17 01:55:46 PM  

CoonAce: Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.

I couldn't agree more. None of those places come to mind when I think about the best bars in the world.


Oh certainly not, I would never argue otherwise.

It's just a shame because there are some places in West Hollywood where it can be a lot of fun some nights and other nights it just becomes a cavalcade of douche.
 
2012-09-17 01:56:59 PM  

syberpud: I serve loaded nachos just like in Ireland!


Oh man: Platey O'Nachos!

Drooolll....
 
2012-09-17 01:58:36 PM  
Re: Bar Rescue. If you cannot make money with a bar, you are an idiot. 80% of the time, the owners don't even know how to cost out a menu. That goes for all the other restaurant rescue shows too. Everything you sell should make a profit.
 
2012-09-17 01:58:38 PM  

Strategeryz0r: Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.

West Hollywood and the entirety of the Vegas strip. Anyone who actually gets bottle service is a monumental idiot. Guys bragging they dropped in excess of a grand on a single bottle of Grey Goose?

Dive bars ftw.


I wasn't even referring to places that try to be clubs, but I agree.

I was talking about places that sell Stella by the bottle for about 8 bucks each when you can get half the mix drinks on the menu for less. For some reason D-Bags love their Stella.

/Funny story, in the UK they call Stella "wife-beater" because it's about 3 pounds for a 4 pack of 12oz cans and is only bought by people who get drunk and beat their wives. It is regarded as the lowest of low class beers. Whatever ad agency they hired in the USA deserves a raise.
 
2012-09-17 02:06:56 PM  
My favorite is a place a couple towns over. The bar is next to a cigar shop. The guy who owns the cigar shop owns the bar, which makes it, by default, a cigar-friendly pub. The patrons range in age, but they tend towards just generally more respectful folk who like to get drunk. All ages, and all types. It will probably never make a TV show, but they pack the place almost every night, so they're doing something right.
 
2012-09-17 02:08:37 PM  

Lunchlady: Strategeryz0r: Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.

West Hollywood and the entirety of the Vegas strip. Anyone who actually gets bottle service is a monumental idiot. Guys bragging they dropped in excess of a grand on a single bottle of Grey Goose?

Dive bars ftw.

I wasn't even referring to places that try to be clubs, but I agree.

I was talking about places that sell Stella by the bottle for about 8 bucks each when you can get half the mix drinks on the menu for less. For some reason D-Bags love their Stella.

/Funny story, in the UK they call Stella "wife-beater" because it's about 3 pounds for a 4 pack of 12oz cans and is only bought by people who get drunk and beat their wives. It is regarded as the lowest of low class beers. Whatever ad agency they hired in the USA deserves a raise.


There's places that don't try to be clubs that still do bottle service at an insane mark up. They claim to be "up-scale bars." It's insanity, how they get away with charging a grand for a $40 bottle of grey goose is seriously beyond me. People are just that stupid.

Yeah d-bags LOVE Stella these days. I'd rather cozy up to a nice IPA for half the price of your average glass/bottle of stella at a bar. Or, as you said, any number of mixed drinks that are often sold at a fraction of the cost.

I had heard that about Stella in pretty much all of Europe really. It's their PBR so to speak. I just wish it was as cheap here as it was there, but yeah the ad agency in question deserves a massive raise... and an award for best manipulation of public opinion this side of Barack Obama.
 
2012-09-17 02:08:56 PM  
I like Bourdain, but sorry, No Raffles - Singapore?

List fail
 
2012-09-17 02:12:53 PM  

scarmig: There's a reality show about renovating bars?



Yes, it's completely addictive.  Every show features a bar that is failing because the owners are holding onto some misguided theme, serving inedible food and drinks, or getting ripped off by employees.
 
2012-09-17 02:16:01 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: I like Bourdain, but sorry, No Raffles - Singapore?

List fail


He explained in one of his shows that it is a tourist trap. The hotel is very pretty and I did go there to drink a Singapore Sling. Pretty bar but I'm not sure it would be considered on a top 5 list.
 
2012-09-17 02:17:07 PM  

Strategeryz0r: Lunchlady: Strategeryz0r: Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.

West Hollywood and the entirety of the Vegas strip. Anyone who actually gets bottle service is a monumental idiot. Guys bragging they dropped in excess of a grand on a single bottle of Grey Goose?

Dive bars ftw.

I wasn't even referring to places that try to be clubs, but I agree.

I was talking about places that sell Stella by the bottle for about 8 bucks each when you can get half the mix drinks on the menu for less. For some reason D-Bags love their Stella.

/Funny story, in the UK they call Stella "wife-beater" because it's about 3 pounds for a 4 pack of 12oz cans and is only bought by people who get drunk and beat their wives. It is regarded as the lowest of low class beers. Whatever ad agency they hired in the USA deserves a raise.

There's places that don't try to be clubs that still do bottle service at an insane mark up. They claim to be "up-scale bars." It's insanity, how they get away with charging a grand for a $40 bottle of grey goose is seriously beyond me. People are just that stupid.

Yeah d-bags LOVE Stella these days. I'd rather cozy up to a nice IPA for half the price of your average glass/bottle of stella at a bar. Or, as you said, any number of mixed drinks that are often sold at a fraction of the cost.

I had heard that about Stella in pretty much all of Europe really. It's their PBR so to speak. I just wish it was as cheap here as it was there, but yeah the ad agency in question deserves a massive raise... a ...


The thing is, Stella is fine if you don't expect more from it than what it is, a lot like PBR. I used to buy it all the time when I was a student in London because I was a cheapskate but the price over there is about what it's worth.

Some people just like wasting money. And in West Hollywood's case it's not even their money most of the time, it's Daddy's so what do they care?
 
2012-09-17 02:18:43 PM  

brap: scarmig: There's a reality show about renovating bars?


Yes, it's completely addictive.  Every show features a bar that is failing because the owners are holding onto some misguided theme, serving inedible food and drinks, or getting ripped off by employees.


Is it another Gordon Ramsay show? Featuring, starring , and directed by Gordon Ramsay?
 
2012-09-17 02:22:56 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I would watch a show called "The Tom Waits Drinking Hour"


As would I.
 
2012-09-17 02:24:43 PM  
So... one could, in fact, go to a shiatty bar to drink and watch a TV show about fixing up shiatty bars?
 
2012-09-17 02:27:06 PM  

Rapmaster2000: The way everyone else gets drunk is inferior to the way I get drunk.



Well played.
 
2012-09-17 02:27:10 PM  

Madbassist1: Generation_D: Good news, Anthony .. the Old Country Buffet is open at 4 o'clock too....

Nice to see you dont have the slightest idea of what a bar is about. Go ahead, wait till 1am to go in, go get your PBR, and try to bed some stupid coont, I don't need your hipsteritis contaminating my communion with my fellow alcoholics while we lament the years lost living inside a brown bottle and whiling away the hours telling lies (except me, of course) about all the great women we've farked, when in reality our pickled noodles couldn't get hard if Charlize Theron was standing in front of us, holding her ass cheeks open begging for sodomy followed by a nice round of A2M. Nay...NAY I say!!! 4 PM is not a place for kids...no sir. Let us professionals take care of that time, sonny.


If you are ever in the North end of Chicago, give this place a shot: Simon's Tavern Yes it has a neon fish with a viking helmet on its sign, but it comes by that honestly being one of the last hold-outs of "old" Andersonville ( which was Chicago's Swedish enclave before the neighborhood was colonized by Chicago's lesbian community) and if you go after they've started mixing up thier winter's supply of Glogg, then ordering a glass is almost mandatory. It will knock you on your ass, but in a warming, and comfortable way.  Two glasses and you won;t want to leave your bar stool except for emergencies, three and you'll be halfway through the chorus of a very rude Swedish sea shanty before remeber you don't actually speak Swedish
 
2012-09-17 02:27:11 PM  

Lunchlady: The thing is, Stella is fine if you don't expect more from it than what it is, a lot like PBR. I used to buy it all the time when I was a student in London because I was a cheapskate but the price over there is about what it's worth.

Some people just like wasting money. And in West Hollywood's case it's not even their money most of the time, it's Daddy's so what do they care?


Full disclosure, I actually really enjoy Stella when a want a completely non-offensive/safe beer. It tastes better than the American alternatives, and is high enough quality to keep me from having the worlds worst hang over the next day(I discovered my body can no longer tolerate Keystone like it used to). I just wish it was as cheap in the states as it is in Europe.

And you're absolutely right about wasting daddy's money. Places that offer bottle service are kept afloat by trust fund babies with no concept of money or what things are actually worth.
 
2012-09-17 02:28:16 PM  

cheezitmojo: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I would watch a show called "The Tom Waits Drinking Hour"

As would I.


Just make it a show about Tom drinking and trying to learn a new skill like macrame
 
2012-09-17 02:32:49 PM  

halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.


Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!
 
2012-09-17 02:32:50 PM  

CygnusDarius: under a mountain: I like his wife's cans
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I think that would be his ex.


So you guys are saying I have a chance?

I haven't seen the recent shows yet. Does he send in the new one with her cleavage hanging out, and gets upset when she gets hit on by drunk guys in a dive bar?
 
2012-09-17 02:38:11 PM  

under a mountain: CygnusDarius: under a mountain: I like his wife's cans
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I think that would be his ex.

So you guys are saying I have a chance?

I haven't seen the recent shows yet. Does he send in the new one with her cleavage hanging out, and gets upset when she gets hit on by drunk guys in a dive bar?


its Bourdain who has the new Italian wife. Taffer's is the blonde pictured.
 
2012-09-17 02:38:38 PM  

chitownmike: halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.

Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!


I wrote it off as a subtle troll. I mean, nobody is stupid enough to say a bar serving an "Irish Car Bomb" is an authentic Irish bar. Nobody.

Right?
 
2012-09-17 02:39:17 PM  
Milton's Tap Room, Main Street, KCMO. The ultimate (at least it was, RIP)
 
2012-09-17 02:41:33 PM  
Turtle Kraals, Key West. Been there in my jammies for early am beers. No one noticed or cared

Good times
 
2012-09-17 02:41:53 PM  

scarmig: chitownmike: halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.

Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!

I wrote it off as a subtle troll. I mean, nobody is stupid enough to say a bar serving an "Irish Car Bomb" is an authentic Irish bar. Nobody.

Right?


No shiat. I mean calling it Irish seems a bit redundant at that point.
 
2012-09-17 02:42:17 PM  

jackiepaper: under a mountain: CygnusDarius: under a mountain: I like his wife's cans
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I think that would be his ex.

So you guys are saying I have a chance?

I haven't seen the recent shows yet. Does he send in the new one with her cleavage hanging out, and gets upset when she gets hit on by drunk guys in a dive bar?

its Bourdain who has the new Italian wife. Taffer's is the blonde pictured.


Correct I was talking about Taffers wife.
 
2012-09-17 02:47:02 PM  

scarmig: chitownmike: halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.

Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!

I wrote it off as a subtle troll. I mean, nobody is stupid enough to say a bar serving an "Irish Car Bomb" is an authentic Irish bar. Nobody.

Right?


When I reread it I realized you got me
 
2012-09-17 02:52:40 PM  
But he forgot Blarney McIrish's Authentic Irishy Pub, in every city everywhere! They have all the authentic stuff, like giant flat screen TVs and potato skin nachos!

There's a couple places in and around LA I like, though.

I don't know the name of it, but it's on Highland across from the douchey Lucky Strike bowling alley. It's a great neighborhood place. Plus, you can take the Red Line there which is good for when you get blasted.

Red Lion in Silver Lake is pretty cool, though it does sometimes get filled up with the kind of people you meet in Silver Lake. Still, their back patio is a great place to hang out on a summer evening.

The Blue Room in Burbank used to be a pretty awesome dive, until LA Weekly wrote about it being a great dive. But by now maybe the hipsters have gone away.

Dave's, in Glendale, catty corner from City Hall. What a hole. I love it.
 
2012-09-17 02:54:00 PM  
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Surprisingly absent.
 
2012-09-17 03:04:04 PM  

Osomatic: But he forgot Blarney McIrish's Authentic Irishy Pub, in every city everywhere! They have all the authentic stuff, like giant flat screen TVs and potato skin nachos!

There's a couple places in and around LA I like, though.

I don't know the name of it, but it's on Highland across from the douchey Lucky Strike bowling alley. It's a great neighborhood place. Plus, you can take the Red Line there which is good for when you get blasted.

Red Lion in Silver Lake is pretty cool, though it does sometimes get filled up with the kind of people you meet in Silver Lake. Still, their back patio is a great place to hang out on a summer evening.

The Blue Room in Burbank used to be a pretty awesome dive, until LA Weekly wrote about it being a great dive. But by now maybe the hipsters have gone away.

Dave's, in Glendale, catty corner from City Hall. What a hole. I love it.


Osomatic: But he forgot Blarney McIrish's Authentic Irishy Pub, in every city everywhere! They have all the authentic stuff, like giant flat screen TVs and potato skin nachos!

There's a couple places in and around LA I like, though.

I don't know the name of it, but it's on Highland across from the douchey Lucky Strike bowling alley. It's a great neighborhood place. Plus, you can take the Red Line there which is good for when you get blasted.

Red Lion in Silver Lake is pretty cool, though it does sometimes get filled up with the kind of people you meet in Silver Lake. Still, their back patio is a great place to hang out on a summer evening.

The Blue Room in Burbank used to be a pretty awesome dive, until LA Weekly wrote about it being a great dive. But by now maybe the hipsters have gone away.

Dave's, in Glendale, catty corner from City Hall. What a hole. I love it.


You're thinking of the Power House on Highland. Fun story about that place; opened the door to the bathroom and walked in on 3 dudes doing coke on the sink. Stood there in shock until one of them slammed the door on me. Why wouldn't you lock the door?!

Trivia night at Sardos in Burbank can be a fun time. The Draft on Whitsett and Riverside (Sherman Oaks? Studio City?) can be perfect if it's not crowded during the playoffs or something.
 
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